The best of Visual Loop – October 2012

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We’ve been featuring infographics here on Inspired Magazine for quite sometime – I was surprised to see that my first contribution was over two years ago! During that time, things have evolved a bit on our end. Visual Loop is now a digital environment for folks interested in data visualization, and allthough we kept our presence on Tumblr, there’s a lot of great content being published also on

So, we’ll be featuring a monthly recap of some of the best content from that new website. Interviews, news, portfolios and guest articles from people who are creating great things in the field of data visualization.

Thanks to Catalin, for opening yet another window for our content, and we hope you enjoy it:

Featured articles:

Resources, round-ups and selections of visual information goodies – like the one made about James Bond:

James Bond: Cars, catchphrases and kisses, BBC's interactive infographic
(image: BBC)

 Cool projects:

We also look through the deepest ends of the Internet for cool data visualization projects. Some come from big companies, others from talented young information designers – like this one, Dyslexia, by Rikst Westra;

Dyslexia, by Rikst Westra
(detail of the 3D map | Rikst Westra)

 Interactive Inspiration:

Our weekly selection of Interactive graphics from all over the world.Here’s a small sample, followed by the links:

Hurricane Sandy
(image: Google Crisis Response)
Chronology of the Armstrong Case
(image: Carlos Gámez | 20.Minutos)
How Tour de France's recent past has been decimated by doping
(image: The Telegraph)

You can send us your weekly recomendation for this post through Twitter or Facebook, even if it’s not in English.

 Infographic Portfolios:

One of the favorite sections of our website: Every week, a new portfolio from an infographic designer.

The Portfolio of Nigel Hawtin
(image: Nigel Hawtin | New Scientist)


Brief conversations with people that are a reference in the field of data visualization, either globally or locally.

Talking with … Uldis Leiterts | A quick talk with the Co-Founder of, the fastest growing infographic community on the Internet

‘Infographics’ are a trend. It may eventually fade away, though I don’t see it happening over the next 5 years. But a thing that will stay here forever is the need for data visualization.

Talking with… Luís Taklim | The infographic market in Portugal and much more.

The mother of all things bad in information design is the disarray, both from the professionals in the field and the ones giving us the original material to work with. It’s a simple ‘domino’ process, where the work orders are usually given very late, providing little time to make a good job.

And that’s it for this first edition. We do post more content, this is just a summary, so feel free to join us on Visual Loop for daily updates about infographics an data visualization, and we’ll be back next month with another recap.

Tiago Veloso is the founder of Visual Loop, a collaborative digital environment for everything related to information design and data visualization. He lives in Brazil, and you can connect with him online on Twitter and LinkedIn.